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Guest post by Diane Owens, PT, FACHE – Assistant Administrator at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital.

For patients with Parkinson’s Disease, recent research points to BIG benefits from participating in the LSVT BIG program. Based on a randomized trial, patients receiving 16 hours of one-to-one training within four weeks reported greater improvement in the motor function that other types of treatment.

The BIG program originated from LSVT LOUD for Parkinson’s patients. In LSVT LOUD, patients work with a speech therapist to speak loudly. This program has proved to improve speech intelligibility in Parkinson’s patients. Expanding on that principle, BIG Therapy uses high amplitude movements at a high intensity.

June 18, 2010 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) — In a comparative study, 4 weeks of supervised physiotherapy consisting of repetitive high-amplitude movements yielded greater improvements in motor performance in patients with Parkinson’s disease than either Nordic walking or non-supervised in-home exercises.

Patients with Parkinson’s should ask their doctor if they might benefit from BIG or LOUD therapy. LSVT BIG and LOUD therapists work in the St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital Texas Step Program for Parkinson’s patients.

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